Gillian Tierney

B.Ed. in Ed. & Psych, Post Grad Dip in Play Therapy, Post Grad Dip in S.E.N and Inclusion.

Assistant Psychologist, Play Therapist and Primary School Teacher


Gillian was the first class to graduate from the B.Ed in Education and Psychology Programme in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. This highly sought after course qualified Gillian as a primary school teacher, as well as providing her with an Honours Degree in Psychology. She is registered with the Psychological Society of Ireland and works as an Assistant Psychologist and Play Therapist with The Education and Psychology Clinic, Kilkenny.

Gillian is also a qualified Play Therapist, having completed a post Grad Dip in Play Therapy with the Children’s Therapy Centre (CTC). As a clinical practitioner, this involved undertaking extensive training supervision and personal therapy. Gillian draws on her many years’ experience with children to prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal development. Through play therapy Gillian enables children make sense of their world while developing resilience and emotional intelligence.

 Play therapy services with The Education and Psychology Clinic are suitable for children from two years to 12 years of age.


Gillian also works as a primary school teacher, with over 10 years’ experience in mainstream, learning support and special education. She has recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion in St. Patricks College, Dublin. She currently works in an ASD classroom teaching 6 children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Possible referral issues may include:

  • Emotional, behavioural or relationship issues
  • Delayed development
  • Family issues / separation or divorce
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Attachment issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Self-esteem Issues

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